How it Happened
Rhode Island capitalized on several defensive miscues by Dayton to defeat the Flyers 5-2 and win the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday afternoon.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning, the Rams (8-30, 5-12 Atlantic 10) got a leadoff walk from Erika Yeager. With one out, Danielle Gariglio topped a grounder to the pitcher, but Dayton's Manda Cash threw the ball past the second baseman, allowing pinch runner Rebecca Simms to move around to third, putting runners on the corners. Bri Castro followed with a single to center to drive in Simms and knot the score. An error in the outfield moved Gariglio and Castro into scoring position.
Marylynn Muldowney walked to load the bases, and Ali Summers reached on the third Dayton error of the inning. Gariglio scored to give Rhody a 3-2 lead. Erica Robles looped a single to shallow left to drive in Castro. Jenna Cubello followed with a fielder's choice that allowed Muldowney to score to cap the rally and give the Rams a 5-2 advantage.
Dayton (25-21, 11-6 A-10) got the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh after Cash and Fitzgerald hit back-to-back singles. Rhody pitcher Sarah Gunderson induced an infield popup and flyout to end the threat and give the Rams the win.
Inside the Box Scores
- Freshman Sarah Gunderson earned her third victory of the season by hurling a complete game. She scattered eight hits and did not walk any batters.
- Over her last 11 appearances, Gunderson has lowered her earned run average by 2.42 runs per seven innings. She also had four complete games in her last five starts. In her first 12 career appearances, she had one complete game.
- Senior Ali Summers hit a solo home run and added a second run batted in later in the game.
- Freshman Erica Robles delivered a pinch-hit RBI single. The RBI was the first of her career.
- For the second straight game, sophomore Rebecca Simms appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run.
- Junior Bri Castro and seniors Danielle Gariglio and Marylynn Muldowney each singled and scored once. Castro also had one RBI.
- Senior Jenna Cubello singled and drove in one run. She has hit safely in a season-best four straight games.
- Junior Paige Julich singled once. Over her last five games, she is 7-for-18, raising her season batting average by 35 points.
Stat of the Day
0 – Rhode Island starter Sarah Gunderson did not walk any batters. She has not walked any batters over her last 20 innings of work. She has issued just two walks in her last 51 innings.
Rhode Island returns home to host in-state rival Bryant for a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday, April 26. First pitch is 3 p.m.